This Strawberry shortcake from scratch is another recipe from Gramma’s Amish Recipe Collection. My Amish Grandmother is an excellent cook and loves to experiment with food. This recipe for Amish strawberry shortcake is more of a light vanilla cake, rather than a biscuit style shortcake. This Amish shortcake recipe is made in a cast Iron skillet and can be topped with fresh strawberries and your choice of whipped topping, fresh milk or ice cream. More Notes after the recipe.
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Amish Strawberry shortcake (made in a skillet)
- Cast Iron Skillet (Linked below)
- Mixing bowl (Linked below)
- Whisk (Linked below)
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- fresh strawberries or berries of your choice
- whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add one egg and mix well, then add the remaining egg and mix again. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
- Add one half of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture and add half of the milk, then add vanilla extract. Mix well to combine. Add the remainder of the dry ingredients and milk, then mix again to combine.
- Lightly grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet with butter (*see note below), then pour the Amish strawberry shortcake batter into the pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Discard the stems of the fresh strawberries then slice the berries and serve with fresh shortcake and whipped cream.
Equipment needed for this Amish strawberry skillet shortcake:
- Cast Iron Skillet I use a 10 inch skillet to bake my strawberry shortcake in, a ten inch is a good size for a thicker shortcake. If you prefer more of a sheetcake style shortcake you can try a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
- Mixing bowls I prefer to use stainless steel mixing bowls for mixing up the wet and dry ingredients in.
- Whisk Using a whisk is great for eliminating lumps and getting the shortcake batter nice and smooth.
Try adding a homemade strawberry topping if you prefer a sweeter dessert!
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My favorite thing about summer is being able to grow and enjoy fresh produce, perhaps it is my Amish roots, but if I don’t get a garden out, I feel like I am really missing out! These fresh Strawberries were produced in my patch and I may be slightly biased, but they are the sweetest and juiciest!! Photo and gardening tips for strawberries below.
Batter for fresh strawberry shortcake. I honestly am not sure the exact reason on why the Amish ladies from my community made more of a cakey shortcake than a biscuit style shortcake . My Mom, who is a former member of the Amish church, thought perhaps they just wanted prepare quick treat for their families during their busy summers and found this cake-like shortcake to be a shortcut to traditional shortcake.
If you do not have a cast Iron skillet you can also bake this Amish Strawberry shortcake in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. I do find that the shortcake bakes faster around the edges which leaves a small cavern in the center when baked in a cast iron skillet. But, those slightly crispy edges taste amazing!
All the tastes of summer with a refreshing berry topping. We like to use fresh cows milk and whipped cream to bring this shortcake to the next level. You can also add ice cream if you prefer.
These Strawberries were transplanted from an older patch recently and are thriving this summer. Some tips I’ve gleaned recently for growing fresh strawberries:
Strawberries love mushroom mulch and we have had good success with mulching around our berries yearly. If your berries begin to get smaller and have a lot of rot, then it is probably time to transplant them. You can start a separate patch or you can get rid of the old plants and start fresh for maximum yield. I will be giving my older patch an update this fall and plan on getting rid of most of my plants to allow the remainder some room to breathe. We will see if that works as well! I am fairly new to gardening so I would love to know your favorite gardening hacks in the comments below!
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